This diary entry is part 18 of 35 in Lily's diary dated 13 - July 2022

Hi! It’s me! Lily!

Today is Marine Day!!!

It’s a day where the Japanese people are grateful to the ocean!  I guess I can see that.  It has… lots of fish.  And Japanese like fish.

So this morning all of us hopped on a train to Enoshima!  It’s an island south of Tokyo, and it only took two hours to get there by train.  And it’s BEAUTIFUL!!!  The weather was so nice too!!!

Anyway, we got off the train, and visited the enoshima shrine.  All the Japanese folks worshipped there.  I didn’t, but I was respectful, and did do the cleansing ritual.  It is so peaceful in the Shinto shrines, the kami are very strong there.  And, of course, there’s a coffee shop too!!!  And then we walked around the island for a bit and got some lunch, it was delicious!  After that, we went to an onsen!!!

I was so embarrassed!!!  ojiisan and Hiroshi went to the man side, and the rest of us went to the woman side, and we all completely stripped!  Liz and I were pretty embarrassed, but we got over it.  I mean, I lost my top at the waterpark, this wasn’t too much different, right?  But we got in the springs, and it was so nice!!!  They don’t really care if you’re naked there, it’s so different than the US!!!  I can see how my body type is a little bit like the other Japanese women, though.  I’m a bit taller and a little fuller in some places, but I… have their hips.

After we got our clothes back on, we went to the beach for a bit and paid our respects to the ocean, and got some souvenirs, then took the train back home!  That was so much fun!!!  Japan is such a beautiful country!!!  After we got back, obaasan made dinner, and we talked for a while and went to bed.  Liz is having such a good time!!!  And so am I!!!

Tomorrow we’re going to Tokyo!  And at some point I think we’re planning on taking a couple of days and going to south or west Japan!!!  But we’ll see.  I don’t know what our hosts have planned.

I really like Emiko’s family!!! It took a bit for them to get used to us, but they’re very nice and treat us well!!!

Love you all!!! ❤

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